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  • antonde 11:01 am on January 6, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , meraki, mesh network, san francisco, wifi   

    Meraki mAsh(up) for San Francisco wifi network 


    You already read about Meraki raising 20 mil us$ to extend citywide the wifi coverage of San Francisco. Where Google and Earthlink failed , now the Mountain View wifi start-up claim to succeed .

    My opinion about this is that they can really achieve to do it , because they are meshing the wifi signal but also mashing-up the philosophy.

    From the FAQ of free the net project :

    How can I help build this network?

    Free the Net is a community-built network. Meraki provides the technology, but we rely on people to help build and grow. There are a number of ways you can help:

    • If you can see the Free the Net signal, sign up for a free repeater to boost your signal.
    • Volunteer to host an outdoor repeater on your roof or balcony. The outdoor units help spread the signal throughout your neighbourhood and are critical to the growth of the network.
    • Spread the word! Tell your friends and neighbours to sign up at http://sf.meraki.com.
    • Check out the network map and keep yourself up-to-date on our progress.

    Does it sound familiar ?

    Meraki is combining the social part of FON involving people in the construction of network (installing repeaters rooftop or inside restaurants , shops , halls) with their owned technology , keeping the managing of the network in their hands. Technically, I guess that meraki will provide robust gateways with high bandwidth and people will maintain mesh nodes at their home , taking care of them.

    This sounds perfect , but there are a couple of things that sounds dissonant :

    Are we sure that people will agree to mount the repeater device on their balcony just for the glory of being part of construction of a citywide wifi network ?

    What if the repeating node will fail to function , due to a simple software failure or high load kernel panic or other unpredictable causes ? It’s supposed that people who mounted the repeater cell are not technicians , and also if just a mere powercycle could be enough to put again the node on line , who will advise them ?

    Let’s wait and see what will happen.

  • antonde 6:43 am on October 8, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , geek, stumbler, tshirt, wifi   

    Wifi detector T-shirt 

    This is a must for every wifi enthusiast geek in this planet !

    It’s a T-shirt with wifi detector stitched in front . No need to open laptops on the road or buying keyring wifi detectors to find wireless signals on your way , just wear this tee and go.

    Buy it from thinkgeek at $29.99

  • antonde 9:55 am on October 4, 2007 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , broadband, , , , , sharing, wifi   

    The BT seal 

    Just few hours after the Neuf-Fon agreement in France , here’s another big deal!

    Fon and BT will join together to create a BTFON wifi Community.

    The official Fon Blog has more.

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